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BOE Embarks on QE to Stimulate Growth
Submitted by Tradervox 2 on Fri, 06/07/2012 - 12:08
Tradervox.com (Dublin) - The Bank of England policy makers committee voted to expand the stimulus package to 375 billion pounds only two months after halting it as Europe crisis threatens to escalate. The Monetary Policy Committee together with the BOE governor Mervyn King has raised asset purchases by 50 billion pound saying that the purchases will take four months to complete. In Europe, the European central bank cut its interest rate and dropped deposit rate to zero while in China the Chinese central bank dropped its interest rates for the second time. Some analysts have termed these actions by central banks as coordinated action to shove off respective economies from the effects of the debt crisis in Europe which is set to send its sixth victim into international bailout request.
The Bank of England was spurred to act by the recent data from the country showing that factory, construction, and services sectors in the country weakened in June. The bank has embarked on a twin-pronged effort that include the resumption of the quantitative easing and new credit-boosting program which is aimed at pulling the nation out of recession as Europe debt crisis continue to claim more victims. George Buckley, who is an economist at Deutsche Bank AG agreed with this decision saying that it is the right move to make as the recovery process is taking so long.
In reports released this week, the UK manufacturing and building sector dropped in June while the services sector increased the slowest in eight months. These are seen as consequences of the current government’s fiscal squeeze and the effects of euro debt crisis which has threatened to put euro region into recession. The move by the Bank of England was expected as King had supported this move in their last meeting and has occasionally announced that global economy has changed to the worst in the last few weeks.
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